Governing Law and Regulations
Environmental review: Minnesota Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), Minnesota Statutes Annotated (MSA) 116D.04, and regulations at Minnesota Rules (MR) 4410.0200 to 4410.9910
Exemptions: MR 4410.1000 and MR 4410.4600
Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW): MR 4410.1000
EAW process: MR 4410.1100 to 4410.1700
Environmental impact statement (EIS): MR 4410.2000 to 4410.3100
Scoping: MR 4410.2100
EIS process: MR 4410.2000 to 4410.3000
Alternative review: MR 4410.3600
Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR) process: MR 4410.3610
Minnesota Department of Administration Environmental Quality Board (EQB)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Both Minnesota and the federal government have laws requiring environmental impact statements (EISs). Federal law applies only to development involving a federal agency that would significantly affect the quality of the environment. The Minnesota Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) requires an environmental review whenever a state agency, private entity, or local government proposes a major "governmental action" that could significantly affect the quality of the environment. "Governmental action" includes activities that are conducted, permitted, assisted, financed, regulated, or approved by units of government. The environmental review may result in the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS).
If a federal EIS will be or has been prepared for a project, the state responsible governmental unit must utilize the draft or final federal EIS as the draft state EIS for the project if the federal EIS addresses the ...